Two members of Culver Girls Academy are hosting the second annual 9/11 Heroes Run through Culver on Sunday, Sept. 16. The goal of the event is to remind everyone of the sacrifices made by the heroes of Sept. 11, 2001, and since: the veterans, first responders, civilian, military, and volunteers. Sept. 16 is also the day that Marine Lt. Andrew K. Stern ’98 was killed in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004.
Chase Cortes (Chicago) and Jozie Gregg (Vincennes, Indiana) are organizing the event as their senior service project. The race will begin at 3 p.m. in front of the Naval Building. More than 100 people participated in the 2017 event.
Proceeds benefit the Travis Manion Foundation. Marine Lt. Manion was killed in Iraq on April 29, 2007, by an enemy sniper while saving his wounded comrades. Every member of his patrol survived because of his actions. The foundation sponsors 9/11 Heroes Runs around the country during the week of Sept. 11. Culver was the first Heroes Run in Indiana.
Cortes and Gregg are taking over the reins from Adam Davis ’18, who is now at the Naval Academy. Davis knew about Manion, a wrestler at the Naval Academy, from his brother, Zach, who also wrestled at the academy. Davis will be wrestling for Navy this year.
The event includes a 5-kilometer run and a one-mile fun run/walk. The route travels along the lake, through downtown and back on to the Culver Academies’ campus. Last year, the downtown Culver section included a large American flag hanging over Main Street.
The Travis Manion Foundation is built on the principle of uniting communities “to build an America that values character above all else: where integrity is more important than celebrity and social impact overrides personal gain; where acts of courage, service and kindness permeate the nightly news, and where communities unite together to raise each other up.”